My Lightroom quick tip of the week for this week is about how I deal with images from a long trip. By way of an example, I am sorting out my pictures of a recent trip to Corfu.
Using this set of pictures taken in Corfu, I started off with 1150 images. Most of these are bracketed sets of images, so that is over 3000 images. Well over 3000. Which is quite a lot to sort.
3500 images from one trip.
I do not want to keep all these images, neither do I want to necessarily keep every bracketed set of three images where one will suffice, especially where I have no intention of creating an image using HDR Merge.
I then add folders for specific locations, one being the resort we stopped in, where I took lots of similar images again on separate days in different lighting conditions. Another folder is Corfu Town, and another a particular building in Corfu Town.
I have multiple shots of a jetty I took a fancy to, taken from different angles on different days in different light.. To make sense of these images they go in a sub-folder entitled, wait for it, Jetty.
I do not want all of these images, but I want to look at them all together as cohesive groups of images. This helps me make my picks. The ones i want to keep. The ones I want to work on. My keepers.
I could do this in Collections, I but prefer to do this in folders as it just works better for me, and I can permanently delete images from folders, which I cant do from Collections.
This is another thing I do which helps me cull my images.
To recap, this is how I cull my images,
This is the process I follow to organise my images in Lightroom.
- Import the images (to my Lightroom Catalogue on my hard drive, with the actual files being saved on my external hard drive).
- On import I also do the following
- Create a duplicate back up set.
- Apply develop presets.
- Add to a new Collection.
- ONce the images are all imported, I break down the set of imges into folders as described above.
- Then I go through the images, and rate them,
- THis is my rating system
- I delete the unwanted images permanently.
- Finally I apply keywords to the images I want, and process the images I want to process.
I have an automated cloud backup that works silently in th background providing a separate copy somewhere else.
And that is it .
Thanks for reading this post, and please call back tomorrow to my blog for something else, not sure what yet as i have not written it yet!
Rick McEvoy Photography Blog - Lightroom Tip of the Week
Thursday 3rd November 2016